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Folk and Ethnic Art

Folk Art is the art of the everyday. It’s rooted in traditions that come from community, culture and expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics. It encompases a range of utilitarian and decorative media including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. These artistic works, as paintings, sculpture, basketry and utensils are typically produced in cultural isolation by untrained anonymous artisans of varying degrees of skill. Marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms and simple arrangements.

The term ‘Ethnic Art’ is a catch all designation which describes the cultural creations of non-Western societies. It relates to objects from national and cultural origins, i.e. denoting origin by birth or descent rather than by present nationality. They are characteristic of or belonging to a non-Western cultural tradition and are neither Christian nor Jewish; pagan or heathen.

Our collection of folk and ethnic art comprises all these attributes as mentioned and can be observed and viewed in this category.

Painted Ceremonial Drum

Polychrome painted ceremonial drum with floral motif, 17" x ...

Painted Wood Festival Mask

Painted wood festival mask

PATINA'D CHINESE URN

Well oxidized reproduction of a Chinese urn.

PHILIPPINE SANTO

San Ysidro Labrador (?), Nueva Viscaya province, ...

Philippines Wedding Umbrella

Wedding umbrella, Maranao, Mindinao, Southern Philippines, ...

Pine Farming Tool

Pine wood, carved farming tool, Anatolia, Turkey, c. 1900, ...

Pine Farming Tool

Pine wood, carved farming tool, Anatolia, Turkey, c. 1900, ...

Pine Farming Tool

Pine wood, carved farming tool, Anatolia, Turkey, c. 1900, ...

PORCELAIN WALL POCKET

Porcelain wall pocket. Vietnam, Mid-20th C., 11"H x 8"

PORCELAIN WALL POCKET

Porcelain wall pocket vase. Japan, Mid-20th C. 7"H.

Post Office First Day Covers

Set four Christmas First Day Covers from Scotland

Puppet Head

Painted teak puppet head, Burma

RAIN DRUM

Bronze rain drum with frog details. Burma, 17.5"H x 24"D.

RAJASTANI METAL CONTAINER

Metal container with leather lacing and yellow paint, ...

Ramayana Figure

Ramayana legend figure

Rice Granary Door

Ifugao Tribe Rice Granary Door, Philippines

Rice Stalk Cutter

Carabao horn rice stalk cutter Bontoc, Luzon, Philippines

Roman Soldier Frieze

Carved stone frieze of Roman soldier, Turkey

SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE

St. Peter carved marble relief commissioned by Luciano Tempo

Samal Sunduk Burial Marker

Sunduk burial site marker, Philippines

Samal Sunduk Burial Marker

Sunduk burial site marker, Philippines

San Isidro The Laborer

San Ysidro the Laborer, Panay, Philippines, Early 20th C., ...

SAN ROQUE WITH HIS DOG

San Roque (patron saint of dogs) with his dog. Wood with ...

Sandstone Hayagriva

Sandstone Hayagriva figure, Cambodia